Khartouran Wildlife Refuge is home to 60 endangered Asian cheetahs


Photos: Khartouran Wildlife Refuge home to 60 endangered Asian cheetahs


Source: Mehr press agency

Khar Turan National Park or Touran Wildlife Refuge is an Iranian national park located in Semnan Province, southeast of Shahrud. The place is home to one of the largest populations of critically endangered Asian cheetahs. Currently, there are around 60 necklaces in the world, all of which live in Iran.

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The Asian cheetah
(Acinonyx jubatus venaticus), also known as the Iranian cheetah, is a critically endangered subspecies of cheetah that survives today only in Iran. It once performed from the Arabian Peninsula and the Near East to the Kyzylkum Desert, the Caspian region, Pakistan and India, but died out there during the 20th century.

The Asian cheetah survives in protected areas in the arid region of east-central Iran, where the human population density is very low. Between December 2011 and November 2013, 84 individuals were sighted in 14 different protected areas, and 82 individuals were identified from photographs of camera traps. In order to raise awareness in the international community about the conservation of the Asian cheetah, an illustration was used on the jerseys of the Iranian national football team during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. (Read more at


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